Grateful Dead Live at Jai-Alai Fronton on 1974-06-23
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Ramble On Rose, Black Throated Wind, Mississippi Half Step, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, Let It Rock, Cumberland Blues, El Paso, To Lay Me Down, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> China Doll
Phil & Ned-> Ship of Fools, Big River, Black Peter, Around & Around, Dark Star-> Spanish Jam-> U.S. Blues, Uncle John's Band-> One More Saturday Night, E: Casey Jones
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|Ramble On Rose|
|Black Throated Wind|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|Let It Rock*|
|To Lay Me Down|
|Weather Report Suite ->|
|Ship Of Fools|
|Around And Around|
|Dark Star ->|
|Spanish Jam ->|
|Uncle John's Band|
|One More Saturday Night|
- 2010-02-09 07:19:55
- Miami, FL
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Hunter Seamons
- Jai-Alai Fronton
Subject: One more day I find myself alive!
Perhaps it was the vibe of playing in the
This show is a keeper.
Thanks Mr. Seamons for the beautiful mix of a show with some excellant performances - really dig China Doll.
Set 1 for this show really plods through the first half, the band's equipment not working all that well; they seem almost timid until Cumberland, when things definitely start rolling. The back half of the set cooks, with The WRS and two Jerry ballads (the latter, China Doll, is as devastating as ever. Is this not the most mournful song you've ever heard?)
**Seastones**. I like Phil & Ned's big-time mutron-IBM whatever experimentations. That Lagin.....what a card. Tell me, what do you think those vendors (clearly audible) think as they're cruising up and down the aisles, selling ice cream during f'ing Seastones?!? "Just another day?" I think their "ice cream" incantations add actually kind of a weird surreal bling to the piece!
Set 2 is the goods supreme. That opening jam leading into Ship of Fools is, I think, a one-off heartbreaker - I tell you, if they had opened this rather second-tier Jer ballad with that jam regularly, I think it would have fit as beautifully as a glove. The same goes for the eventual, long pull into a jam to prelude U.S. Blues - hot DAMN. Song had jam potential, that's clear.
The Dark Star jam - check how they develop the thing at around 16:00, just before the Spanish Jam transition, and the UJB jam....'74 was a year when it seemed anything and everything was fair game for a medley-jam.
This 24-bit matrix is my favorite source for this show.
Subject: The matrix rules
Heavenly Jam>Ship of Fools, but don't overlook the Black Peter. Easily one of the best versions they ever performed.
Keep up the good work!
And dont be fooled by the setlist - the opening of Set 2 coupling of Jam > Ship Of Fools, Black Peter is an absolute must hear. The jam intro to Ship is a full-band thing of beauty, patiently explored that these ears have never heard before. And the Black Peter that follows is so touching played and heartfelt that the crowd's reverent silence does poetic justice.
Finally the last half of the Dark Star also demonstrates the free-flowing improvisation we all love about this band, with an amazingly patient transition into a slower Spanish Jam.
This is the GOOD STUFF.
To the one-star hater below - there are soundboard sources available. Feel free to check those out, but no need to hate on this delicious matrix of a fantastic performance.
Subject: '74 ROCKS
Subject: So fine...
I've been raving about 1970's versions of To Lay Me Down a lot, and this one might be just as on par with others from the year, but this one seems extra special just because it was played on Robert Hunter's birthday. I think all will agree this show is just about as definitive "Wall of Sound Summer 74" as it gets. I never give star ratings because I feel that music is too subjective to skew people's opinions based on mine, but I take exception and give this one 5.
...and for those who don't like a matrix, then just don't listen to it...I completely understand why people don't like them, but there are unadulterated sbd and aud's out there, if ya don't care for the matrix, listen to one of those. Nobody is making anybody like or dislike or listen to anything, it's all fun.
I personally appreciate a good matrix and the time put into making them. I don't like all of them, though I do like the majority of them, I especially just like having the 3 options to suit my mood (sbd, aud, mtx). Thanks, Hunter, this one is about as good as they come.
Subject: Great work Hunter
Outstanding the way you can beef up a decent aud using a SBD and make something that is greater than the sum of it's 2 parts!!
Subject: great recording of a great show
As for the Matrix controversy: I think the Audience tape adds some depth to these stale Wall of Sound boards, particularly for those vocals. Post-hiatus boards tend to be of a sufficient quality to make such measures superfluous... see 05-08-77.
Subject: Cliff notes...
Am I being too serious here?...Maybe...
ROCK ON, CLIFF!
Subject: Why adulterate one of the classics?